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NIOSH Testimony on Explosive and Other Dangerous Atmospheres in Vessels and Vessel Sections by R. W. Niemeier, September 22, 1992.
NIOSH 1992 Sep:4 pages
In response to a request from OSHA, the following statements were offered in support of reopening the proposed rule for explosive and other dangerous atmospheres in vessels and vessel sections. NIOSH supports OSHA in providing coverage for the entire shipyard under an expanded standard. NIOSH recommends that employers evaluate their workplace for any potential confined spaces and label those spaces. NIOSH recommends that entry into a confined space be made by permit only. NIOSH also recommends that attendants be required for entry into high hazard confined spaces. The purpose of the attendant is to maintain communication with the worker and monitor his behavior and environment. The attendant will also summon help if needed. A search of the NIOSH National Traumatic Occupational Fatalities database identified 75 work related fatalities for shipyard industries. This total includes six deaths due to anoxia and seven deaths due to explosions. Three of the anoxia deaths were identifiable as confined space fatalities and the other three were likely confined space fatalities. The information on the seven explosion cases is less clear.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Niemeier-R-W; Shipyard-workers; Shipyard-industry; Confined-spaces; Workplace-monitoring; Explosive-hazards;
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